Master's structure

Become a high-skilled geospatial professional


Within the Master’s in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, you build expertise in a specific field by following one of the seven specialisations. In addition, you can tailor your Master’s to your interests and ambitions by choosing elective courses. The freedom to customise your programme will ensure you become the geo-information specialist you want to be.

Co-decide the content of your master's

How to compose your Master's

Your curriculum depends on the choices you make when you compose your Master’s. There are two steps you need to take.

Master's structure

During your Master’s in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, you will collect a total of 120 EC in the time frame of two years.

European Credit Transfer System

Student workload at Dutch universities is expressed in EC, also named ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), widely used throughout the European Union. In the Netherlands, each credit represents 28 hours of work. The recognition of credits is at the discretion of your Master's.

Below, you can find the general structure of this Master’s. As you have a lot of freedom to customise your programme, the exact courses you will follow depend on the choices you make at the start of and throughout your studies.


During the first year, parallel to the specialisation courses and the coursework, you also take an academic skills course to gain the necessary skills required to do scientific research in geo-information science and Earth observation.

Quartile 1


During the first quartile, you learn the basics of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation. The core of the programme (14 EC) consists of three separate courses:

Quartile 2


This quartile is dedicated to two courses from the specialisation you have chosen (14 EC). Each specialisation has its own set of compulsory courses: choose a specialisation and find out which ones.

Quartile 3


You take one compulsory course from your chosen specialisation (7 EC) and a course on how geo-information science and Earth observation address global challenges (7 EC).

Quartile 4


You take one compulsory course from your specialisation (7 EC) and one elective course (7 EC).


Second year

During the second year, you will customise an Individual study programme (15 EC) and work on your MSc research proposal and MSc thesis.

Quartile 5, 6, 7, and 8


During the second year of your Master’s, you have the option to complete an internship (15 EC) or take elective courses equivalent the internship credits. You will also start working on your MSc proposal and, upon successful submission, you will spend most of your time doing research in the frame of ongoing research projects and working on your Master's thesis under the guidance of the respective research group. Your research activities could include doing fieldwork, for example abroad, in order to collect data to support your research project.

Discover the exciting internship options at ITC!

Join us on a journey as we follow two Master students, Carolina Pereira Marghidan and John Ifejube, during their internships at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) at the University of Twente. Get ready to witness the impactful work they're doing in their respective placements and gain a glimpse into the future that awaits you as a prospective student. Watch the video!